The Empire Will Rise This Winter

Courtesy: Rise Records/Velocity Records

Courtesy: Rise Records/Velocity Records

The empire will rise this winter.

Cosplay rock outfit Galactic Empire will release its debut album Friday, February 3, 2017.  The 11-song, self-titled record will be released via Rise Records.  It will feature the band’s own take on a number of songs featured in LucasFilms’s Star Wars movies.  Those movies are not limited to just the original trilogy of films.  The franchise’s latest installment, The Force Awakens gets a nod on this record in ‘Ben’s Death: Tie Fighter Attack.’

Also included in the band’s upcoming album are ‘Imperial March,’ ‘The Asteroid Field,’ and other re-imagined songs from the famed franchise.

The band recently released a joint statement announcing the album’s upcoming album in a manner only the Empire could.

“AT LONG LAST!  Our preparations are complete.  The mighty Galactic Empire will unleash our ultimate weapon in the battle to bring heavy metal to your galaxy,” the band said. “The puny humans at Velocity and Rise Records have succumbed to the crushing power of the Dark Side and will release out debut full-length album on which we pay tribute to Supreme Sith Overlord John Williams with 11 tracks of pure sonic devastation.  Join us, and together, we can rule the galaxy!”

The full track listing for the band’s upcoming album is noted below.

 

Track Listing:
01. Main Theme
02. Imperial March
03. Duel of the Fates
04. The Force Theme
05. The Asteroid Field
06. Battle of the Heroes
07. Cantina Band
08. Ben’s Death: Tie Fighter Attack
09. Across the Stars
10. The Forest Battle
11. The Throne Room: End Title

 

Velocity and Rise Records released videos for ‘The Imperial March’ and ‘Main Theme’ earlier this year.  The band has also been keeping audiences updated on the album through its own YouTube Channel.

Pre-orders are available for Galactic Empire now via iTunes and the band’s official website.

More information on Galactic Empire’s upcoming debut album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/galacticempireofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/GalacticEmpire8

 

 

 

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Fitz And The Tantrums Unveil ‘Roll Up’ Video

Fitz and the Tantrums released its latest video this week.

The band unveiled the video for its new single ‘Roll Up’ just in time for Halloween.  The animated video puts the group’s members as animated characters in a night club setting.  The video presents the group’s members in a way that would make them fit in perfectly with the creatures of the night in that setting, too.  It can be viewed online now here.

 

Courtesy: Elektra Records

Courtesy: Elektra Records

 

Along with its new video, the band is also currently touring in support of its new self-titled recording, its third full-length studio recording.  Audiences can keep up with the band’s tour schedule online now here.

More information on ‘Roll Up’ and its new companion video is available online now along with all of Fitz and the Tantrum’s latest news, tour updates and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://fitzandthetantrums.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fitzandthetantrums

Twitter: http://twitter.com/fitzandtantrums

 

 

 

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Heaven Below Premieres ‘Renegade Protest Movement’ Video

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/eOne/ODonnell Media Group

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/eOne/ODonnell Media Group

Heaven Below has premiered the video for the latest single from its new album Good Morning Apocalypse.

The band premiered the video for ‘Renegade Protest Movement’ this week.  The video mixes footage of the band performing its new song with vintage footage from old military conflicts.  The footage presents bombs being dropped on targets, doctors looking at x-rays of patients and more.

For those who are familiar with the work of front man Patrick Kennison’s former band, The Union Underground, this latest offering from Heaven Below boasts a clear influence from that band.  The video can be viewed online now here.

Good Morning Apocalypse will be available in stores and online on Friday, October 14th via Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group.  More information on Good Morning Apocalypse is available online now along with more information on Heaven Below’s new video, news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.heavenbelow.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/heavenbelowband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/heavenbelow

 

 

 

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Hail Sagan Added To “Make America Rock Again Festival” Lineup

Courtesy: O'Donnell Media Group

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Hail Sagan has added another new date to its current live schedule.

The band announced over the weekend that it is scheduled to perform at the 2016 “Make America Rock Again Festival.”  The festival will be held Saturday, September 3rd in Reedley, California.  The festival will be held at The Warehouse and features a handful of other well known acts including Alien Ant Farm, Trapt, Tantric, and others.

Hal Sagan has donated a guitar for a raffle that will be held during the festival.  The raffle is free but donations are accepted.  A portion of the donations made to the raffle will go to benefit the Louder Than Love Foundation.  The Louder Than Love Foundation addresses major issues such as bullying, depression discrimination, and other topics.

Hail Sagan recently premiered the video for its new single ‘Dark Cloud’ online via its official YouTub channel.  It can be viewed online now here.  The video, co-directed by Matthew Crum and DP Kenny Keeler, visually illustrates the song’s lyrical content.  That content tackles the subjects of bullying and abuse.  The song is taken from the band’s upcoming self-titled EP.  The EP will be released later this month through Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group.

More information on Hail Sagan’s upcoming performance at the “Make American Rock Again Festival” is available online now along with the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.hailsaganofficial.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hailsaganofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/hailsaganband

 

 

 

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Rhino Records Streaming ZZ Top’s Live Take Of ‘Sixteen Tons’

Courtesy: Rhino Records

Courtesy: Rhino Records

ZZ Top is set to release its first ever live recording next month.

Live – Greatest Hits From Around The World will be released on Friday, September 9th via Rhino Records. In anticipation of the recording’s release Rhino is streaming the band’s performance of Merle Travis’ song ‘Sixteen Stones’ online now here. After Travis wrote and recorded the song, it would go on to be made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford. The band’s performance of the song features a guest appearance by fellow veteran rocker Jeff Beck.

Live – Greatest Hits also includes performances of a number of ZZ Tops biggest hits including: ‘La Grange,’ ‘Sharp Dressed Man,’ ‘Legs,’ ‘Gimme All Your Lovin,’’ and a number of others. The full track listing for the recording is noted below. Pr-orders for the record are open now at Amazon on CD, vinyl, and via iTunes.

 

Greatest Hits From Around The World tracklisting with location of each track’s recording

 

  1. Got Me Under Pressure                  New York
  2. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers          Las Vegas
  3. Cheap Sunglasses                          Paris
  4. Waitin’ For The Bus                         Chicago
  5. Jesus Just Left Chicago                  Chicago
  6. Legs                                                SãoPaolo
  7. Sharp Dressed Man                        Los Angeles
  8. Rough Boy (with Jeff Beck)             London
  9. Pincushion                                       Berlin
  10. La Grange                                     Dallas
  11. I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide                Vancouver
  12. Tube Snake Boogie                       Rome
  13. Gimme All Your Lovin’                   Houston
  14. Tush                                               Nashville
  15. Sixteen Tons (with Jeff Beck)        London

 

More information on Live – Greatest Hits From Around The World is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.zztop.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZZTop

Twitter: http://twitter.com/zztop

 

 

 

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Michael Franti And Spearhead Release Updated Video For ‘Same As It Ever Was (It Starts Today)’

Photo Credit: Chelsea Klette

Photo Credit: Chelsea Klette

Michael Franti and Spearhead re-issued this week the powerful video for its song ‘Same As It Ever Was (It Starts Today).’

The video was re-worked to include footage of recent high profile cases involving police shootings and also features the song’s lyrics along with footage of Franti walking an anonymous city’s dimly-lit streets.  Franti sat down recently with Billboard to discuss the song and its new video.  While there he held an intimate acoustic performance of the song that can be seen here.  Since neither Franti nor the reporter was hooked to a mic, audiences will have to turn up the volume in order to hear them.  The newly re-worked music video meanwhile can be seen via Franti’s official YouTube channel.

Courtesy: Fantasy Records

Courtesy: Fantasy Records

Michael Franti and Spearhead is currently touring in support of the group’s new full-length studio recording Soulrocker.  The band will be in Nashville, Tennessee tonight and Louisville, Kentucky tomorrow.  The group’s tour currently runs through September 18th in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  The group’s full tour schedule is noted below.

 

Here are the in-progress dates for MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD on tour.

 

DATE                         CITY                                       VENUE

~~Fri 7/22 Nashville, TN War Memorial Auditorium
~~Sat 7/23 Louisville, KY Iroquois Amphitheater
~~Sun 7/24 Columbus, OH Express Live!
~~Tue 7/26 Birmingham, AL Avondale Brewing Company
~~Wed 7/27 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre
Fri 7/29 Kaslo, BC Kaslo Jazz Festival
*Wed 8/3 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre
Thu 8/4 Mammoth Lakes, CA Mammoth Festival
**Fri 8/5 Flagstaff, AZ Pepsi Amphitheater
**Sat 8/6 Durango, CO Three Springs
**Sun 8/7 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Tue 8/9 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden
**Thu 8/11 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater
**Fri 8/12 Troutdale, OR Edgefield
Sat 8/13 Tamarack, ID The Huckleberry Jam
**Tue 8/16 Missoula, MT Big Sky Brewing Company
**Wed 8/17 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
**Fri 8/19 Lake Tahoe, NV MontBleu Resort & Casino
Sat 8/20 Lincoln, CA Thunder Vibes
**Sun 8/21 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
**Tue 8/23 Rohnert Park, CA Sonoma Mountain Village
~Wed 8/24 Lancaster, CA Antelope Valley Fair
**Thu 8/25 San Luis Obispo, CA Avila Beach Resort
**Fri 8/26 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
Sat 8/27 Tucson, AZ The Rialto Theatre
!Sun 8/28 Santa Fe, NM The Santa Fe Opera House
Fri 9/2 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot
Sat 9/3 Jacksonville, OR Britt Pavilion
Sun 9/4 Arcata, CA Van Duzer Theatre
Sept 15-18 Victoria, BC Rifflandia

* w/ G. Love & Special Sauce

** w/ Zella Day

~ w/ Iration

~~ w/ Marc Scibilia

! w/ Lila Downs

 

 

More information on Michael Franti and Spearhead’s new video is available online now along with all of the band’s new tour dates, news and more at:

 

 

Website: http://www.michaelfranti.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/michaelfranti

Twitter: http://twitter.com/michaelfranti

 

 

 

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Verbeuren Named Megadeth’s New Permanent Drummer

Courtesy: Soilwork/Nuclear Blast Records/Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Soilwork/Nuclear Blast Records/Adrenaline PR

It looks like the Megadeth drummer carouse has finally stopped spinning.

The band has announced that Dirk Verbeuren is the band’s new full-time drummer.  In taking on the new position Verbeuren has stepped down as a member of Soilwork.  In his place drummer Bastian Thusgaard has been tapped to take over drumming duties for the band.  Verbeuren has been performing with Megadeth in recent months, taking the place of Chris Adler (Lamb of God), who had originally filled in after Megadeth’s previous full-time drummer Shawn Drover left the band alongside guitarist Chris Broderick in 2014.  The pair went on to form Act of Defiance with vocalist Henry Derek and bassist Matt Bachand.

Soilwork front man Bjorn “Speed” Strid shared his thoughts on Verbeuren’s departure in a statement released to the press.  He was completely supportive of the decision both on the part of Megadeth and Verbeuren.  “In regards to the statement Megadeth released yesterday, confirming that Dirk will join them as their full-time drummer, I just want to take the time to wish Dirk good luck on this new venture and thank him for 12 great years together,” he said.  “Together we have created a beast of a band and have pushed the limits musically further than we ever could have imagined.”  Strid also made mention of Thusgaard’s new appointment with the band in his statement, noting “Meanwhile, I’m sure many of you have seen us at a festival in Europe this summer with our friend, Bastian Thusgaard filling in on drums and I’m sure we can all agree on what a monster he is. Thank you Bastian, you are absolutely killing it. Check out the remaining festival dates and come see us. We’ll be there. Thank you.”

Verbeuren was just as warm in his thoughts on his time with his now former band mates in his own statement.  He also offered up his thanks to his new band mates, and fellow musicians in making his transition.  “They say the biggest decisions in life are the hardest to make,” he said.  This decision falls under that category. As a drummer I’ve always enjoyed the evolution of my path. The past twelve years with Soilwork have been incredible, a portion of my life I honor with pride. When I was approached to join Megadeth- a childhood dream come true and something I never anticipated. I was beyond excited to even consider the realm of possibility. But truth be told, I couldn’t have rightfully made this step without the support and blessing of my Soilwork family. For that I owe a huge thank you to Bjorn, Sven, David, Sylvain and Markus. You have allowed me to see what lies ahead, and you’re my brothers in metal. Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to Megadeth and for your encouragement and support. Dave, David and Kiko, I’m thankful for your warm welcome and thrilled to perform and create badass music with you guys. To the fans, this is a new chapter for us; I hope we can enjoy this ride together!”

In regards to what fans have to expect from Soilwork and its sound as it moves ahead Strid had the following to say:   “In the recent years Soilwork have found new ways of expressing ourselves and as much as of a cliché it is, I strongly believe that this is very much of a new era for us and that we still have so much left to say, whether it being with or without Dirk. This band has grown to be quite a metal collective and an institution that paves the way creatively and we hope that you, the fans, can feel the presence and the heart in our music still to this day. Believe me, it’s there. I can assure that you will forever get 100% Soilwork, as long as we release albums. We aim to surprise ourselves and the listeners by constantly developing our sound and songwriting, something I believe we have succeeded in doing and yet remained true to our roots. That is something to be proud of and we are. We appreciate all our loyal fans and are excited that so many of you share our musical vision.”

Soilwork has a string of festival dates currently scheduled for August.  Those live dates will be followed up soon after by a short string of UK dates with Arch Enemy.  It will have one headlining date on that schedule, too.  After that stretch the band will take some time off before launching a South American tour on September 9th in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  The tour is currently scheduled to run through September 20th in Guadalupe Inn, Mexico.  The band will take off the rest of the year after wrapping that tour and will then go back out on the road for a European tour with Kreator, Sepultura, and Aborted beginning February 1st in Metz, France.  That tour is currently scheduled to run through March 4th in Essen, Germany.  The band’s current live schedule is noted in full below.

 

SOILWORK 2016 International Festivals and Headliners:
8.14.2016 Rasnov, Romania – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
8.19.2016 Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – SummerBreeze Open Air
8.20.2016 Saint-Nolff, France – Motocultor Festival
 
SOILWORK August 2016 UK Tour with ARCH ENEMY:
Tickets available from seetickets.com
 
8.21.2016 Norwich, UK -Waterfront w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.22.2016 Sheffield, UK – Corporation w/ ARCH ENEMY

8.23.2016 Cardiff, UK -Tramshed w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.24.2016 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.25.2016London, UK – The Underworld (tickets) (headline – NO ARCH ENEMY)
 
SOILWORK in South America:
9.9.2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Treato Odisseia
9.10.2016 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Clash Club
9.11.2016 Curitiba, Brazil – Music Hall
9.13.2016 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Uniclub
9.14.2016 Montevideo, Uruguay – MM Box
9.16.2016 Santiago, Chile – Blondie
9.17.2016 Lima, Peru – The Blood
9.18.2016 Bogota, Columbia – Auditorio Lumiere
9.20.2016 Guadalupe Inn, Mexico – Lunario
 
KREATOR, SEPULTURA, SOILWORK, ABORTED European Tour:
Presented by: EMP, ESP, Meinl, Metal.de, Metal Hammer, Metal + Wine, Metalnews.de, Musix, Nuclear Blast, Peta, Piranha, RTN-Touring, Tätowiermagazin, Visions.
 
2.1.2017 Metz, France – B.A.M.
2.2.2017 Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
2.3.2017 Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
2.4.2017 Hamburg, Germany – Mehr! Theater
2.6.2017 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
2.7.2017 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
2.10.2017 Helsinki, Finland – Black Box
2.11.2017 Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
2.12.2017 Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
2.13.2017 Vilnius, Lithuania – Siemens Arena
2.15.2017 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
2.16.2017 Wien, Austria – Gasometer
2.17.2017 Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
2.18.2017 Berlin, Germany – Columbia-Halle
2.19.2017 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z 7
2.21.2017 Trezzo, Italy – Live Club
2.22.2017 Grenoble, France – Summum
2.23.2017 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
2.24.2017 Madrid, Spain – Riviera
2.25.2017 Toulouse, France – Bikini
2.26.2017 Paris, France – Bataclan
2.28.2017 Manchester, UK – Academy
3.1.2017 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
3.2.2017 London, Uk – O2 Forum
3.3.2017 Balen, Belgium – Torhout
3.4.2017 Essen, Germany – Grugahalle

Death Resonance, Soilwork’s new compilation record, will be released Friday, August 19th via Nuclear Blast Records.  Audiences can pre-order the record online now here.  Audiences can also order the band’s most recent album The Ride Majestic online on CD, vinyl, and digital formats.  While ordering the band’s new music audiences can also check out the videos for a pair of songs from The Ride Majestic—‘Death in General,’ and ‘Enemies in Fidelity’—online, too.  The album’s title track is streaming online, too via YouTube.

More information on Soilwork’s upcoming tour dates, music, and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.soilwork.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/soilwork

Twitter: http://twitter.com/soilwork

 

 

 

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